Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama

Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama

by Peniel E. Joseph

Paperback(First Trade Paper Edition)

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The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s is now remembered as a distant, sepia-toned campaign, whose achievements and idealism were soon eclipsed by angry, confrontational Black Power activists. However, far from marking the end of an era, as is commonly thought, the 1965 Voting Rights Act wrested open a dam holding back radical political impulses. This political explosion initially took the form of the Black Power Movement, which, though conventionally adjudged a failure, in fact laid the groundwork for a crucial new wave of black leadership culminating in the inauguration of Barack Obama. In Dark Days, Bright Nights, acclaimed scholar Peniel E. Joseph elucidates Black Power's forgotten achievements by retelling the story of the movement through the lives of activists, intellectuals, and artists including Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Amiri Baraka, and Barack Obama. In so doing, Joseph re-assesses a half-century fraught with struggle to expose the Black Power movement's resounding triumphs and continuing influence on American democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465033133
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Peniel E. Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author of the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour, as well as editor of The Black Power Movementand Neighborhood Rebels. The recipient of fellowships from Harvard University's Charles Warren Center, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Ford Foundation, his essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Journal of American History, The Chronicle Review, Bookforum, and The American Historical Review. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Paperback Edition ix

Introduction 1

1 Reimagining the Black Power Movement 11

2 Malcolm X, Harlem, and American Democracy 35

3 Stokely Carmichael and America in the 1960s 107

4 "A Place Where All Things Are Possible": Barack Obama and Dreams of Democracy 161

Acknowledgments 231

Notes 235

Index 265

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